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Little Heiskell bobblehead unveiled

July 12, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN --The first 1,000 fans to arrive at the Hagerstown Suns' July 24 home game will receive a bobblehead of Little Heiskell, the German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of Hagerstown, officials said Monday morning.

The bobblehead giveaway, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the fifth in a series that has featured Gen. George Washington, author Nora Roberts, MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and Gen. Abner Doubleday.

"It is a neat tradition that we do," CVB President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas B. Riford said before unveiling the bobblehead at a press conference in the CVB's Visitor Welcome Center.

The Little Heiskell symbol dates to 1769, when a German tinsmith named Heiskell crafted a weathervane shaped like a pre-Revolutionary War ranger. The weathervane stood atop the Market House and later was moved to City Hall, where a replica stands today. The original, which bears a bullethole from a Confederate sharpshooter, can be seen at the Hager House Museum in City Park.

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The Little Heiskell bobblehead took eight months of planning, Riford said. Charles Harry Rittenhouse Sr., who dresses as Little Heiskell in the annual Mummers Parade, modeled for the bobblehead, Riford said.

Hagerstown Suns General Manager Bob Flannery said attendance has been good at Suns games this season, with eight sellouts.

"We certainly think the event we're going to have with the CVB is going to definitely get us to our ninth sellout," Flannery said.

Gates open at Municipal Stadium at 6:05 p.m. for the July 24 game against the West Virginia Power.

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